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This episode’s vocabulary

Chill (verb) - to relax completely, or not allow things to upset you.
Be burned out (idiom) - overworked or exhausted, especially to the point of no 
longer being able to maintain a particular level of performance or dedication.
Quasi (adj.) - used to show that something is almost, but not completely, the thing described: The school uniform is quasi-military in style.
Orchard (noun)- /ˈɔː.tʃəd/ an area of land where fruit trees (but not orange trees or other citrus trees) are grown: an apple/cherry orchard.
A vegetable garden (collocation) -  a garden that exists to grow vegetables and other plants useful for human consumption, in contrast to a flower garden that exists for aesthetic purposes:

Backyard (noun)- a space at the back of a house, usually surrounded by a fence, and covered with grass: the kids were playing in the backyard.
Soak up (phrasal verb) - to enjoy the effects or experience of something as much as possible: I love to lie on the beach and soak up the sun. Just stroll around the city and 
soak up the atmosphere.
A ditch  (noun)- a long, narrow open hole that is dug into the ground, usually at the side of a road or field, used especially for supplying or removing water or for dividing land:

A moat  (noun)- a long, wide hole that is dug all the way around a place such as a castle and usually filled with water, to make it more difficult to attack:

A stroll  (noun)- a slow relaxed walk, especially for pleasure:
After dinner, we went for a stroll along the beach.
Bonfires (noun)-  a large fire that is made outside to burn unwanted things, or for pleasure:

Rural (adj.) - in, of, or like the countryside: The area is still very rural and undeveloped.
Liberating (adj.) - making you feel free and able to behave as you like:
Taking all your clothes off can be a very liberating experience.
At a slower pace (collocation) – moving at a slow rate of speed.
Settle down (phrasal verb) - to start living in a place where you intend to stay for a long time, usually with your partner: Eventually I'd like to settle down and have a family, but not yet.
Lax (adj.) - without much care, attention, or control: the authorities were lax in investigating most of the cases.
Greenbelt  (noun)- a strip of countryside round a city or town where building is not allowed.
Spring up  (phrasal verb) - to start to exist suddenly: Thousands of new businesses have sprung up in the past couple of years.
Legacy  (noun)-  something that is a part of your history or that remains from an earlier time: The Greeks have a rich legacy of literature.
Foreboding (noun)- a feeling that something very bad is going to happen soon:
There's a sense of foreboding in the capital, as if fighting might at any minute break out.
Her forebodings about the future were to prove justified.
Manicured (adj.) - If something, such as a garden, is manicured, it is well cared for and looks very tidy: The hotel is surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens.


Questions and Answers

Maria: Do you like going to the countryside?

Rory: I love it, the fresh air, the lack of pollution, the people I'm with, like everything, fills me with satisfaction. It's cool, although I'm glad I only do it every now and then, because I would lose all sense of being productive and just chill there all the time.

Maria: How often do you visit the countryside?

Rory: Just enough to stop myself from being burned out by the city life I currently have. Um, I think when I go back I'll be doing it more often though, since I want to reconnect with nature and the people in my life and the countryside seems to be the ideal place to do that.

Maria: Who did you visit in the countryside?

Rory: Well, now, I visit my friends, they have a house there next to a forest, and I have to say it's one of the most magical places I've ever been to. It's kind of a quasi orchard and vegetable garden in their backyard and their front yard is paved so you can soak up the sun there in the summer. There's sort of a ditch outside the house as well. It's like a moat. So it just adds to the general country atmosphere in combination with everything else. Although it's not all about the surroundings, though, it's mostly about the people and how they live and how we are together.

Maria: What do you like to do in the countryside?

Rory: Anything that involves my friends, um, we go for long strolls in the forest, throw parties, meet cool people. Um, there are some more mad things like bonfires as well sometimes.

Maria: Have you ever lived in the countryside?

Rory: Not for a long time. Um, uh, when I lived in Timor in Ghana, I spent long months and weeks in the rural areas, rural areas, sorry, in the well, just around the country, basically. And that was quite liberating and life moved at a much slower pace than in the city. I'd recommend it to ..I don't know anyone who wants to slow down for a while.

Maria: Would you like to live in the countryside in the future?

Rory: Oh, definitely. Who wouldn't want to live there? Um, I have this idea of buying a small house in a sort of village to the north of my hometown and settling down there when it's quiet.

Maria: Have areas of countryside in your country changed since you were a child?

Rory: Um, well, I think they were more lax rules about development and sort of greenbelt land. And there are lots of estates springing up there now, which is rather frustrating in a way, because, well, really is there's really little need for these things. If people didn't buy second homes, for example, and they were just satisfied with the accommodation that's currently there. And really, what do you need a second home for? Um, it's almost like it's eating into the legacy that I'd like my children to have. A lot of people want their children to have that legacy. Um, I suppose the counter argument is that people are more likely to look after land that they own. So it might be more manicured. But part of the fun of being in the countryside is that it's quite wild, isn't it? Um, so I have this sense of foreboding about these changes.


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